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Paris | TravelNovember 29, 2012

A Rail Journey Fit for a King

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If you have plans to go to Versailles anytime soon, why not starting  the experience when you are still in Paris?

Few commuters in Britain would describe their train journey to and from work as a pleasant experience. Passengers have become used to overcrowded carriages, not to mention finding discarded newspapers, sweet wrappers or worse on the seats.

But some lucky commuters in France enjoy an altogether different ride, as the amazing pictures show above. A commuter train serving Paris in France has been decorated in the colours of the Palace of Versailles in an impressive project. The refurbishments mean that the train's carriages resemble rooms from the royal palace. Ornate images can be found on the back of comfortable seats , decorative ceiling design based on furnishings from the Palace ,Passengers can take their place alongside an amazing display which resembles a library.

 And passengers who take a journey on the RER C line between the Palace, which is 20 kilometres south-west of Paris, and the centre of the capital do so in lavish surroundings.
Ornate paintings and golden sculptures line the aisles and even the ceilings are intricately designed. Other attractive improvements include the creation of a mock library in one of the carriages.

The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Gallery of Battles and Marie-Antoniette's estate. The changes, which were funded by the Palace of Versailles, involved layering the interior walls of the train with a high-tech plastic film.

The refurbishments were carried out thanks to a deal between officials at the palace and rail operator SNCF. Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 during the French Revolution. ( DAILY MAIL)

 A better way for a King to Travel to his Palace? I don't think so.
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